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THE KINCARDINE INDEPENDENT, Wednesday, September 1,2010

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Barbs trounce Tigers at home

NRUA title likely to be decided in season's final game

By Josh Howald

The Bruce County

Barbarians are getting closer and closer to a Niagara Rugby Union

A Division champion-

ship. Bruce Countynow

controls its own destiny after dismantling the St. Catharines Tigers 50-0

in Kincardine Saturday

afternoon. The 11-1 Barbarians are one point ahead of the second place Cam- bridge Pirates with two games remaining. After a bye-week this week, the Barbs will face the always dangerous Nor- folk Harvesters at home before wrapping up the season against Cam- bridge - a game that will decide the NRUA championship if both teams win their other remaining games. Saturday, it wasn't much of a contest at Kincardine District Sec- ondary School. Bruce County scored early and often in the 50-0 rout.


minutes old, Mitch Dil- lon picked up a pass at top speed and crashed in for an early try. After this, the Tigers did put some pressure on Bruce

County's back end. The Barbs defence kept the Tigers at bay, setting the table for Bruce County's offense to explode. In fact, after Jason Liddle's try to make it 10-0, the Tigers barely touched the ball. Bruce County scored on three straight restarts tomake it 33-0 at the half. The at- tack continued in the second, and the game ended in a 50-point dif- ference. Liddle scored two trys on the day, as did Paul Smyth. Curtis Fair, Josh Brenner and Steve Bell each scored once and Ian Campbell kicked five conversions for Bruce County. "I'm impressed in the manner we approached the game," said coach Martin O'Connor. "We set out with a game plan, for which the majority

Luke MacLennan (#6 white) of the Bruce County Barbarians brings down a St. Catharine's player during NRUA rugby action Saturday afternoon at KDSS. The Barbs cruised to an easy 50-0 win. (Josh Howald photo)

perfectly." Bruce County has

games and remains at



top of


11, Norfolk will be in town for a 3 p.m. start

weekend will see the Barbs face Cambridge